Patience and concentration paid off : Sehwag

Chennai, Mar 28 (UNI) India's Sultan of Multan repeated his triple century knock at Pakistan in 2005-2006, against South Africa, here today and said his patiect and concentration paid him to reach the landmark.

Talking to newspersons here, after his unbeaten 309, he said ''my patience and concentration was not to this extent, when I scored my first triple-ton in Pakistan''.

This is better than the Multan knock, the dashing opener said, adding conditions in Multan, was better than in Chennai.

He said he was not after any record and would love to play for the country. ''I played session by session. I did not think of breaking any record. My captain told me to stay at the wicket'', he added.

Sehwag said his omission from the home series against Pakistan enabled him to perform with renewed vigour and flying colours. ''I was disappointed for being dropped in the Pakistan series'', he added.

Asked whether he would be going for Brian Lara's record of 401, when he resumes tomorrow, Sehwag said if he plays till lunch, he is confident of breaking Lara's record.

To a question, he said if India could get a lead of 150 runs, the chances of forcing a victory are bright.

The opener said he would dedicate this knock to his family, especially his father and son.

Sehwag also expressed gratitude to his colleagues for providing him required energisers during breaks. All my colleagues, especially Yuvaraj Singh, Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla motivated me at regular intervals, he added.


Story first published: Friday, March 28, 2008, 20:36 [IST]
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